Sunday, February 7, 2010

Systems and Structure

Old man Jethro comes to visit Moses, and bring him his wife and 2 kids. They have a great visit. Then Jethro sees what Moses does on a daily basis.

13 "The next day, Moses took his seat to hear the people’s disputes against each other. They waited before him from morning till evening.

14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, “What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?”"

This is craziness, says Jethro. Why are you the only one doing all the counseling and dispute resolution? Well, I am the only one who can, says Moses!

15 "Moses replied, “Because the people come to me to get a ruling from God. 16 When a dispute arises, they come to me, and I am the one who settles the case between the quarreling parties. I inform the people of God’s decrees and give them his instructions.”

17 “This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. 18 “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. 19 Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. You should continue to be the people’s representative before God, bringing their disputes to him. 20 Teach them God’s decrees, and give them his instructions. Show them how to conduct their lives. 21 But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. 22 They should always be available to solve the people’s common disputes, but have them bring the major cases to you. Let the leaders decide the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you. 23 If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.”

24 Moses listened to his father-in-law’s advice and followed his suggestions. 25 He chose capable men from all over Israel and appointed them as leaders over the people. He put them in charge of groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. 26 These men were always available to solve the people’s common disputes. They brought the major cases to Moses, but they took care of the smaller matters themselves."

Organize. Hire. Put systems and structure in place. Trust others. You are not the only one who can do things.

This hit me in church this morning. Jesse Butterworth is a world class musician who has raised up the musicians, organizes the rehearsals, leads worship and is in charge of all music in all venues at our church.

We went Wednesday night. He was sick. He was a no show. We went to church this morning. He was nowhere to be found. Was he still sick? Don't know. Was he on a trip? Don't know. However, the music Wed night was great. The music and worship this morning was awesome. Everything continued without him without a hitch. That is the sign of effective leadership.

So Jethro says goodbye.

27 "Soon after this, Moses said good-bye to his father-in-law, who returned to his own land."

Moses has to learn to live with his wife and 2 kids in this new high pressure environment. He organized the group into layers of leadership to make his life livable again. And life goes on...

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